Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Firmware Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly group of people and a professional environment. Interesting integration of technologies (mechanical, optics, electronics, microfluidics). Excellent support for engineers on the product development side due to its leadership.

    Cons

    Fragmented vision for software and firmware led to inefficiencies. Not enough emphasis on firmware/software design and an understanding of how this affects the backend of schedules (this was partly my fault--I should have worked harder to educate management on what this means tangibly). Corporate level tools and support are antiquated (they still use Lotus Notes). Annual bonus was $0 the year our team worked hard to improve the reliability and performance of a key product (bonus goals were not something we could influence).

    Advice to Management

    Try to get a better understanding of software/firmware design and how it is different from simply coding. It doesn't require Jedi robes--there are basic approaches and ways to think about things that do take longer up front but pay off in later stages of development. Consider giving some divisions more autonomy to choose their own tools. Like an incubator within the company that can learn new technologies and feed them back to other parts of the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    General

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great people, beautiful campus, close commute

    Cons

    Slow moving, demanding, away from excitement

    Advice to Management

    Bring new blood from outside


  3. Excellent company with industry-leading benefits.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Voted one of the Best Places to Eork, this company offers highly automomous roles with rewarding comp packages.

    Cons

    Low rate of turnover, fewer onsite perks than other Bay Area employers.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent location. New building. Nice view of the bay.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted. And when you do get promoted, good luck getting a raise in salary. HR makes technical decisions on which Engineer to hire instead of Engineering Hiring manager. HR is more powerful here than they should be. They should not be forcing decisions on Management.


  6. Great company to work for especially compared to other large life science employers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great training, stock options; company car

    Cons

    None that I can think of; Everything about Bio-Rad is better and more organized than previous employer.

    Advice to Management

    After working for another large life science employer, Bio-Rad is light years better in how its managed and how it treats employees.


  7. Great Company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Constant improvements, new products, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunities.


  8. I loved working here throughout at various positions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, excellent core company values, career development opportunities

    Cons

    None that I know of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Pros

    Stable company with a lot of growth opportunity

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are below average in my opinion.


  10. Sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Products are of high quality. Management is trying to position the company to be a one source solution.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of turn over in the past 2 years.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very rigid, by the book.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people in the trenches.

    Cons

    Managers are very by the book and rigid. Tight with information.

    Advice to Management

    You have great assets under your noses.



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